Photos: Drew Brees through the years with the New Orleans Saints _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signs autographs before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

Drew Brees told ESPN Saturday that the hit he took against Tampa Bay created inflammation in two of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff.

Brees, who was diagnosed with a bruised, or more accurately, inflamed rotator cuff, was forced to sit out against Carolina when the inflammation robbed his shoulder of the strength needed to throw downfield.

Now, after three days spent making all the throws in practices, Brees will start against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.